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A father, parenting alone, and his daughter

Providing Security in an Insecure World

Providing Security in an Insecure World

No matter what their ages, our children need to be reassured about the future.

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Becoming a mother

“Loving My Mother — and Becoming One”

I was an adoring daughter, ready to be an adoring mom.

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Single mother's story of helping her daughter come to terms with the loss of a grandparent

“Goodbye to Grandpa”

My daughter's struggle to make sense of this loss is shadowed by her earliest one.

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Happy mother and her son through foster adoption

“Fostering Love”

With fost-adopt, I didn’t need to own a home or have $50,000 in the bank to become a parent.

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first sleepover party for the preteen only child of a single parent

“Losing Sleep”

As my daughter discovers the brave new world of sleepovers, she and I are both missing out on some shut-eye.

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One child muses about her future as an only child.

“When I Grow Up”

My daughter’s daydreams about her future family may be a little offbeat. Works for me—as long as she always follows her heart.

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Life as an older, single adoptive mother

“The View from Here”

As I see it now, my golden years are likely to be filled with pet doggies and boxed mac and cheese. And I can’t imagine anything better.

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Making the decision to adopt was written in the stars

“Seizing the Day”

I might never have decided to adopt had I foreseen what was to come in other areas of my life. But when I imagine life without my daughter, I know there was no other choice.

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A door representing a girl's teen years

“When Did My Little Girl Grow Up?”

My daughter is still very much a little girl. But with every passing week, it’s getting frighteningly easier to imagine her teen years.

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One mother describes her hopes while parenting a foster child.

“Here and Now, If Not Always”

My hope, as a single foster mother, is to provide at least a temporary period of calm in a stormy childhood. 

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The meaning of family came to me watching my father help my daughter ride her bike

“Understanding My Family’s Circles”

My traditional childhood dreams gave way to an unexpected, soul-filling reality.

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Moving on after death

“Growing Pains”

After the loss of my father, I've found myself — an only child and a single mom — in the middle of a new family circle.

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A cartoon preteen experiencing embarrassment

“What an Embarrassment!”

As my daughter approaches the tween years, she’s becoming more aware of who she is and of how others see her — and me.

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First Mother's Day garland

Share Your Story: First Mother’s or Father’s Day

We asked our reader panel: How did you celebrate your first Mother's Day or Father's Day? What's since become an annual tradition?

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Black women adopt, perhaps not as visibly as white parents

“Yes, Black Women Do Adopt”

Talking with Black women about adoption became a routine part of motherhood for me, alongside diapers, homework, and the warmth I feel every time I look at my son.

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